While the SJ30 light jet received FAA certification in late October last year, the production certificate has still eluded San Antonio-based Sino Swearingen. At press time, the company was furloughing 130 production workers–100 in San Antonio and 30 in Martinsburg, W.Va.–because of ramp-up problems.
Aviation International News » September 2006
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported record-breaking billings for the first half of this year. In the first six months of this year, shipments
totaled 1,843 general aviation airplanes (including pistons and unpressurized turboprops), a 19.1-percent increase over the same period last year and the highest first-half total since 1982. Industry billings rose 34.9 percent to $8.8 billion.
Some seven years of development finally led to the first flight of the Farnborough Aircraft F1 Kestrel on July 29. At press time, the turboprop was making its way across the Atlantic Ocean on a trip from Bend, Ore., where the prototype was built, to the UK, where it will undergo further flight-testing.